Karnataka Government To Ban Cigarettes: Hookah bars will no longer be allowed in Karnataka, according to the health minister Dinesh Gundu Rao and the minister for sports and youth services B. Nagendra, who made the announcement on Tuesday.
The minimum age to purchase tobacco goods will rise from the current 18 years to 21 years old, according to their announcement.
The decision was made in this regard during the joint meeting of their ministries.
The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (Cotpa) will be changed to reflect the decisions, according to Rao and Nagendra.
Additionally, Rao stated that smoking is not permitted close to schools, hospitals, or shrines.
Additionally forbidden is the sale of tobacco products to anybody under the age of 21. After smoking, young people become more drawn to drugs and opioids. The usage of tobacco products laid the groundwork for this, and the government is addressing the problem’s core source, he continued.